The ACWA Board of Directors, its officers and members would like to welcome you to the online home of the American Chuck Wagon Association, a 501.c.3 organization.
The American Chuck Wagon Association started out as a small group of Old West enthusiasts and has expanded to world wide association preserving the American past through competitions, demonstrations, charity and school events and other venues.
Our work is funded by sponsorships (see the power point presentation shown below-right); tax-free donations, honorariums and memorials
(We are a 501.c.3 organization);
cookbook, note card, t-shirt & cap sales in our General Store (go shopping), as well as membership dues.
For donations, honorariums and memorials, you may send a check to:
ACWA, 1723 East Tate Street, Brownfield, TX 79316 or call Nancy Sparks at (806)215-7851 with credit card information. For Honorariums and Memorials, please include the name of the person remembered/honored, and address for a thank you card.
Our youth are our future and the ACWA supports activities directly involving them. We encourage producers to offer youth
competition at their cook offs whenever possible. Many of our cooking crews include young people at the cook offs.
The Association also periodically honors an outstanding young cook with the Rookie of the Year award.
In addition, the ACWA offers scholarships (read more) to selected individuals each year. If interested, download an application here. Scholarship recipients for the upcoming school year are Caleb Swanson from Canton, SD, and Chelsea Carter from Prairie Hill, TX. One of our recipients recently sent an update you may read here.
Another way to involve and educate our youth is with demonstrations. At one cook off, invitations were given to area schools to come on Friday. There were busloads coming and going a good portion of the day. The students were wonderful and the three host wagons enjoyed sharing their camps and telling a little about the history of the chuck wagon and the trail drives.
Want to take home some of that authentic, Old West taste and style? Now you can with ACWA Cookbooks, beautiful note cards and caps!
Many of our members offer catering services. Check out the link above to contact one of them about bringing some of the finest chuck wagon cooking to your next event.
I don't know about everyone else, but I'm ready to see a little cooler weather.
Might be because I just finished another week instructing at the Annual Municipal Fire School in
College Station at the Texas Engineering Extension Service Emergency Services Training Institute.
Fighting fires during the last week of July says enough!
During our trip to Mexico the first week of July Maribeth and I did not see a single chuck wagon or a single wagon track on the beach. Maybe on our next trip to Mexico in January we will have a better chance on the Pacific side.
So far this first year of sanctioned cook offs we have 20 wagons from Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas qualified for the first ACWA Championship cook off. With four more Sanctioned Cook Offs we could see the numbers increase by another 12 wagons and possibly from wagons in two or three more states. To view a listing of who have qualified, just click on the Sanctioned Event link on the ACWA home page.
The four Sanctioned Cook Offs remaining are:
August 12-13, 2016 - A Painted View Cook Off - Westcliffe, CO
September 9-10, 2016 - Washington County Fair Chuck Wagon Cook Off - Brenham, TX
November 11-12, 2016 - Tumbleweed Ranch Cook Off - Chandler, AZ
December 29-30, 2016, Arizona Livestock Show - Phoenix, AZ
The first ACWA Championship Cook Off will start on Thursday, March 30th with youth educational activities headed up by Wayne Calk and Steve Woods (two former school teachers). Wagon teams also will be arriving and setting up. Friday, March 31st is wagon judging day and Saturday, April 1st each team will prepare 41 meals. A dance and award ceremony will be held Saturday night and the event will end on Sunday, April 2nd with Cowboy Church.
We are looking for wagon sponsors for the ACWA Championship Cook Off. If you are interested or know someone interested in sponsoring a wagon the cost is $1500.00 which includes: 10 meals, a sponsor sign in front of the wagon, and their name listed as a sponsor on all advertisements. Several sponsorships have been spoken for but there is still time. If interested, please contact me at email@example.com.
As ACWA grows and to better assist the members we are looking to form a Mid America Chapter representing the States in the middle portion of the country. With the addition of this chapter every area except the Northeast would be represented by the Southeast, Mid America, Southwest or Northwest chapters. Each chapter will elect a president and a vice president to participate in the monthly Board of Directors conference call. Each chapter gives a report of what is going on; is a local contact for members and is responsible for bringing discussion items to the board.
If you are interested in the trail drive era along with the mystique of the chuck wagon please check out our website! If you want to become a member of this fine organization simply click on the member tab, fill out an application and join us!
"A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him." --David Brinkley
Until next time, happy trails!
In 1996 at a chuck wagon competition in Amarillo, Texas, a small group of Old West enthusiasts and wagon masters talked about an
association. The mission would be to preserve the heritage of the chuck wagon and its use in the short, but significant, era of the cattle
drives. In 1997, in Bryson, Texas, by-laws and articles of operationwere adopted and the American Chuck Wagon Association was off and
running. Today there are members in 31 states, Canada, Germany and France.
In 2016, the original mission statement was revised and Sanctioning was approved. The revised mission statement reads as follows:
The mission statement of the American Chuck Wagon Association is to preserve the history of the Chuck Wagon Era by providing educational opportunities and events to diverse audiences of all ages while continuing to provide youth scholarships and support for wounded warriors.
Sanctioning information and forms can be found here.
Check out the Chuck Wagon Food Safety brochure here.
A big THANK YOU to Sheryl and Rex Wailes for their great hospitality at the Rendezvous. Around 40 people attended throughout the weekend. A good time was had by all.